Golden Knights’ Thompson returning to lineup Tuesday as backup

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Logan Thompson has apparently fully recovered from a lower-body injury sustained over a month ago, as he is set to return in a backup role for the Vegas Golden Knights in Tuesday’s game versus the Vancouver Canucks.

The Golden Knights announced recently that both Thompson and Laurent Brossoit would be traveling with the team on their current Western Canada road swing, but didn’t mention which would be returning sooner to partner up with Jonathan Quick. While a Brossoit return appears to be close as well, he still remains on the injured reserve, while Thompson appears ready to go.

Getting Thompson back into the lineup is huge news for the Golden Knights, as he was having a stellar rookie season with them prior to sustaining his injury. Forced into the starting role due to Robin Lehner undergoing hip surgery in August, he has put together a 2.66 goals against average along with a .914 save percentage in 36 appearances. Those numbers were good enough to have him named an All-Star earlier this year.

In part due to Thompson’s injury, the Golden Knights chose to go out and acquire Quick at the trade deadline. Despite the 37-year-old’s impressive resume, he had shown signs of regression this season with the Los Angeles Kings, and may be better suited for a backup role behind Thompson down the stretch. That said, both Brossoit and Adin Hill remain in the fold, so the Golden Knights will have some decisions to make in the goaltending department once they all get healthy.

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